Pavan Kumar Rai, the Indian diplomat recently expelled by Canada amid a diplomatic row, had a rich and diverse career within India’s policing and diplomatic spheres. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, Rai belonged to the 1997 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre of Punjab. Over the years, he held various prominent positions within the Punjab Police, showcasing his dedication and integrity as an officer.
Rai served as the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in several districts, including Moga, Jalandhar, and Tarn Taran. Before that, he handled critical assignments as the Superintendent of Police (SP) in cities like Amritsar and Jalandhar. His service also extended to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Amritsar, where he contributed to maintaining law and order.
This experience expanded his horizons
In a significant career move, Rai was deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in July 2010. This experience expanded his horizons, giving him valuable insights into the world of international affairs and diplomacy.
Eventually, Rai’s dedication and competence led to his appointment as a joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in December 2018. This position marked his entry into India’s diplomatic corps and gave him the opportunity to represent the nation’s interests on the global stage.
However, Rai’s diplomatic journey took an unexpected turn when he was at the center of a diplomatic spat between India and Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made allegations linking India to the killing of a pro-Khalistan terrorist, which caused tension between the two nations.
Despite his diverse career and contributions to law enforcement and diplomacy, Rai’s expulsion from Canada underscored the complexities of international relations and diplomacy in an interconnected world. It also highlighted the significant role that individual diplomats play in shaping and managing these relations on behalf of their nations.